In 2004, the Beastie Boys gave 50 ticket-holders at their sold out Madison Square Garden show digital video cameras and the instruction to shoot whatever they wanted. Unsurprisingly, the product of this is a totally unique and awesome recording of a Beastie Boys gig.
It’s one of my great regrets that I never saw the Beastie Boys live, but after seeing this, I feel as though I have had the next best thing. The editing is fabulous, especially given that some of the footage is pretty poor quality given the distance and movement. But not only can the audience get a great distant perspective of the stage, but some amazing close ups of the performers. Add to this a few celebrity sightings in the crowd and the odd amusing trip to the bathroom and the bar, and it’s just like being there. It would have been better to see this in a different venue rather than a cinema – a bar would have been good. Madison Square Garden would have been better.
Fight for your Right Revisited was the short that played before the feature, and it was totally magnificent. With Seth Rogen, Elijah Wood and Danny McBride playing the Beastie Boys leaving the party from the original Fight for your Right (To Party) video clip, the film is a hilarious adventure with lots of slow motion beer action and celebrities galore. It’s worth checking out the original video before, even just to see the Beastie Boys in their youth.